NAACP Chapters Remember Troy Davis With Vigil & March

Posted by lsuggs | 09/19/2012 11:55 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College NAACP Chapter will partner with the NAACP Augusta Branch to host a one year anniversary vigil march in remembrance of the Georgia execution of Troy Davis.

The Vigil is slated for Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:00pm and will begin at the Collins-Calloway Library on the campus of Paine College. The march will proceed through campus and end at the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, where the vigil will take place.

"This trial sent the wrong message to the world and there was no justice in the execution of Troy Davis. We do not want the memory of Troy Davis to escape the minds of America," said Dr. Charles J. Smith Sr., president of the Augusta Branch NAACP.

The Davis was executed on September 21, 2011 for the murder of Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia on Augusta 19, 1989. A murder weapon was never recovered, but the weapon bullets used were linked to another scene in which Davis was charged. In 1991, Davis was sentenced to death. An evidentiary hearing was held in June 2010, but by August, his conviction was upheld.

"I want those who attend the event to remember Troy Davis’ legacy," said Kara Shipp, president of the Paine College NAACP chapter. "Also to continue to fight for social justice and other Troy Davises, regardless of race."

For more information on the Troy Davis event, please contact the Augusta Branch NAACP at (706) 724-0390, or

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Photo caption: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) logo.